Awards

University Staff Advisory Council

Staff Recognition Award Program

Nominations are now being sought for the USAC Staff Recognition Awards.

Purpose:

To recognize University staff members who go above and beyond their normally assigned job responsibilities

  • Resolved a particularly difficult dilemma
  • Been exceptionally creative
  • Been responsive to the needs of others regardless of status

Eligibility:

  • All full-time staff are eligible
  • Anyone at the University may submit a nomination, regardless of level. 
  • Every nomination is considered on its own merit and will be given equal consideration regardless of type or level of staff position held within the university.

Purpose and criteria for each award follows.

In order to nominate, nominators are asked to complete and submit a nomination form at the links below including up to three (3) letters of support and recommendation.  Candidates may be nominated for more than one award, however, they can only receive one award. The Award Ceremony will be held on May 17th at 3:00 p.m. the home of Schreyer House.

Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2017

 

STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD

Purpose:

The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates integrity, respect, and excellence in all aspects of their position.

Criteria:

  • Exhibits creativity, innovation, and initiative.
  • Continues to seek opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Demonstrates excellence in professionalism.
  • Promotes productive relationships across units and/or organizations.
  • Makes outstanding contributions to their immediate work unit as well as the university as a whole.
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support of University values, including integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community. 
To nominate a candidate for this award, please complete the Nomination Form (click here for Nomination Form) and submit along with up to three letters of support to askUSAC@psu.edu by March 15, 2017. If you would like to mail the form and letters, please send them to Wanda Hockenberry, 101 Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park PA 16802.

 

STAFF MORALE AWARD

Purpose:

The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates enthusiasm and optimism in order to create a positive, inclusive, and supportive work environment for all. 

Criteria:

  • Fosters respect and a cooperative work climate.
  • Recognizes potential within others.
  • Demonstrates concern for the well-being of coworkers.
  • Able to provide the support and guidance needed to help make life better for those around them. 
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support of University values, including integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community. 

To nominate a candidate for this award, please complete the Nomination Form at (click here for the Nomination Form) and submit along with up to three letters of support to askUSAC@psu.edu by March 15, 2017. If you would like to mail the form and letters, please send them to Wanda Hockenberry, 101 Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park PA 16802.

 

STAFF LEADERSHIP AWARD

Purpose:

The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates excellence in leadership and serves as a positive role model for others.

Criteria:

  • Exhibits reliability and resourcefulness.
  • Demonstrates ability to mentor, inspire, motivate, and support others.
  • Displays sound judgment and exemplary problem solving skills.
  • Promotes excellence in teamwork, performance, and achievement within the unit and/or the organization.
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support of University values, including integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community. 

To nominate a candidate for this award, please complete the Nomination Form at (click here for Nomination Form) and submit along with up to three letters of support to askUSAC@psu.edu by March 15, 2017. If you would like to mail the form and letters, please send them to Wanda Hockenberry, 101 Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park PA 16802.

Honorees will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony and reception organized by the Council on May 17th and held at the Schreyer House.

2016 Award Recipients

2015 Award recipients with Susan Basso and President Barron: Caolyn Saona, Karen

From left to right are Penn State President Eric Barron, Mary Runco, Ann Lalik, Stephanie Chastain, Deborah Sam, and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Susan Basso. Absent from the photo were award winners Allison Shauger and Karen Brewster.